Five Great Albums That Got Scrapped
With reports last month that Beyonce had scrapped 50 songs to start over completely on jer album, I got to wondering what kind of perfectionist Queen Bey must be. I mean, it says something that she couldn't sift a good album out of 50 tracks from today's hottest producers. For artists with lower standards, there were probably four or five great albums in there.
Still, it certainly wouldn't be the first time an artist had scrapped a great album in the pursuit of a masterpiece. In fact, we've even heard some of them years later, like these five.
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5. The Misfits, Static Age
How could a collection of some of the greatest punk songs of all time, and an album that paved the way for hardcore punk in general, get scrapped? Blame the labels, who had no interest in this type of music when the Misfits laid it to vinyl in 1978. Instead, most of the tracks ended up being released on seven-inches throughout the band's brief career.
The album was finally released in its full, official version in 1997, and it is, of course, amazing. It plays like a greatest-hits all the way through. Who knows what record execs could have possibly been thinking by rejecting this one.
4. Prince, The Black Album
In 1987, the world was waiting with bated breath for a new Prince album following his magnum opus, Sign o' the Times. Advertisements teased something called The Funk Bible, and there were promises Prince was going to be returning to his funk roots. Then the album disappeared without a trace, and the decidedly not-funky-at-all Lovesexy came out in 1988. What happened to the missing album?
Rumor has it that Prince flipped his wig on ecstasy around the time and decided that the album was evil. However, some years later, during his much-publicized battle with Warner Bros., the Artist finally conceded to The Funk Bible's release as The Black Album in 1994.
Almost everybody had it as a bootleg by then though, so it met with little fanfare. Shame, because it's definitely a funk album through and through, and one of Prince's hardest-hitting and most satisfying efforts.
3. David Bowie, Toy
David Bowie's early career was a pretty mixed affair, at least before Hunky Dory. It has its proponents, but by and large "The Man Who Sold the World" and "Space Oddity" are the most significant things to come from the era. That didn't mean the songs were bad, though; it just meant they were rough, or Bowie wasn't experienced enough to bring out their full potential.
Enter Toy, recorded in 2001 by a much older Bowie and featuring re-recordings and revamps of many songs from his very early career. It could have been a way to reintroduce Bowie's fans to these songs' true potential, but it ended up being shelved by his record label EMI because they couldn't figure out a good time to release it.
It finally leaked in 2011, and it's a pretty good second look at these songs, filtered through the lens of a wiser, older Bowie.